Robert C. Sarvis – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Previous Candidate for U.S. Senate, Virginia

Libertarian Party of Virginia
PO Box 224Alexandria, VA 22003
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

Washington is broken. A majority of Americans say it's time for a third party, because Democrats and Republicans are BOTH part of the problem. Warner and Gillespie are Washington insiders who have supported to the $17 trillion debt, endless wars in the Middle East, the mass surveillance state and loss of civil liberties, the failed drug war, and endless corporate cronyism. Nothing will change by sending Warner back to the Senate or by replacing him with Gillespie. And the race isn't even that close. This election is your opportunity to send a strong message to Washington and to the two broken major parties, and to help a third party achieve major-party status in Virginia.

Robert Sarvis is running for U.S. Senate because he believes in and cares deeply about freedom, equality, and good government. He isn't satisfied by the self-serving platitudes offered by his opponents, and he is appalled at how far Republicans and Democrats have strayed from basic principles of good government.

Robert Sarvis wants to give Virginians a different option, based on open-minded, intelligent, economically literate leadership. He wants to bring Virginians together, not divide them with a culture war or a class war.

Robert Sarvis truly understands the government's fiduciary duties toward its citizens. He is the only candidate who has studied both economics and law, the only candidate who rejects corporate cronyism, the only candidate not relying on big, monied interests to fund his campaign.

Robert Sarvis is also the best choice to represent the increasingly diverse population of Virginia. He is mixed-race (half-Chinese) and open-minded. He is well-educated and technologically savvy. He has worked in the public and private sectors. He knows what it's like to be laid off, and what it's like to start a business. He has mentored elementary and high school students and has worked on pro bono legal cases involving battered women and asylum seekers. Above all, he is cognizant of the need for balance between government power that protects our rights, and limitations on government power to [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Robert Sarvis, 38, is a native of Virginia—he was born at Fairfax Hospital, grew up in West Springfield, and now lives in Annandale.

Robert Sarvis is married to a pediatrician emergency medicine doctor from Greenville, MS, with whom he has two beautiful young children.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Robert Sarvis graduated from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in 1994. He has earned degrees in mathematics from Harvard University and the University of Cambridge, a J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law, and a Master's in economics from George Mason University.

During law school, Robert Sarvis co-founded a libertarian and classical liberal law journal, the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty. He also received the John Bruce Moore Award for Excellence in Law and Philosophy and the Vanderbilt Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Law School.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Robert Sarvis has a diverse professional background.

Early on, he worked as a software developer for a Bay Area startup. After law school, he was a law clerk to the Honorable E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in D.C.

In 2008, following the launch of the iPhone and Android platforms, Robert Sarvis co-founded a mobile-app development company, which won a Grand Prize in Google's Android Developer Challenge.

More recently, he has moved into public policy and economic research.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Robert Sarvis is a contributor to educational organizations like the Society for Science and the Public, the Center for Excellence in Education, and the TJHSST Partnership Fund. He has also personally mentored elementary students interested in science, and high school students interested in computer programming and the mobile app industry.

Robert Sarvis has participated in pro bono programs to help battered women and immigrants seeking ayslum, and he has contributed to public-interest organizations like the Institute for Humane Studies and Human Rights First.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

In 2013, Robert Sarvis ran for Governor of Virginia. His vision of a Virginia that's "Open-minded and Open for Business," along with his straightforward message of freedom and good government, won the respect of voters and political commentators alike. Sarvis received the highest vote share for a third-party candidate in a Southern state in FORTY years.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Robert Sarvis considers his beliefs personal and not for public consumption.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

Robert Sarvis has earned awards throughout his life in both academic and professional settings.

In high school, he competed successfully in numerous math and science competitions and placed fourth in the prestigious Westinghouse (now Intel) Science Talent Search.

In law school, he co-founded the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty and received the John Bruce Moore Award for Excellence in Law and Philosophy and the Vanderbilt Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Law School.

In 2008, the company he co-founded won the Grand Prize in Google's Android Developer Challenge.

In 2014, he was awarded the Libertarian Party's Patrick Henry Award for his historic 2013 run for Governor of Virginia.

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